According to Healthline - During pregnancy, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle to promote a healthy pregnancy and delivery. However, there are some exercises that pregnant women should avoid to minimize the risk of injury to themselves and their unborn child. Here are some exercises that pregnant women should avoid:
High-impact exercises: Exercises such as running, jumping, and high-intensity aerobics can increase the risk of injury to the joints and pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to complications during pregnancy and delivery.
Contact sports: Contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and hockey can put pregnant women at risk of abdominal trauma, falls, and collisions that can harm the developing fetus.
Exercises that involve lying on the back: Exercises that involve lying on the back, such as crunches or sit-ups, can reduce blood flow to the uterus and cause dizziness and nausea.
Heavy weight lifting: Lifting heavy weights can put too much strain on the back and abdominal muscles, which can lead to injury or premature labor.
Scuba diving: Scuba diving can expose the developing fetus to decompression sickness, which can be life-threatening.
It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program during pregnancy to ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby.
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